Minister of State for Defence and Education Lawrence Wong met recruits undergoing BMT when he visited the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) on 7 Sep.
Accompanied by senior SAF commanders, Mr Wong was met on arrival by Commander BMTC, Colonel (COL) Simon Lim who briefed him on the training centre.
Mr Wong later saw recruits from 6th Company, BMTC School 4, going through their first day of the gruelling Situational Test (SITEST) in the jungles of Pulau Tekong.
Comprising a series of obstacles which recruits have to overcome as a team, the SITEST identifies recruits with leadership potential for the various SAF command schools, such as Officer Cadet School and Specialist Cadet School.
Mr Wong took the opportunity to speak to some of the recruits and test assessors who are Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen).
Mr Wong also stopped by at Kestrel Company, BMTC School 2, where he saw how recruits conducted self-paced learning with the LEARNet system. An on-line portal for recruits to learn soldiering basics such as how to strip and assemble their rifles and the proper techniques to throw a grenade, the LEARNet system is a useful tool for recruits to train at their own pace.
Before leaving the island, Mr Wong launched the newly-completed BMTC concept room. Named "Tekong - A BMT Journey", the permanent structure takes visitors on a multimedia journey of recruits' total experience as they progress through BMT.